November 4, 2020

Safe Travels to Mazatlan

Mazatlan is the ideal destination for your COVID getaway.  It’s a port city on the coast of the western state of Sinaloa with a blend of culture and history, natural wonders, pristine beaches, four-star entertainment, and mouthwatering cuisine. 

Beaches of golden sand, deep blue seas, an infinite wealth of marine and natural wildlife await you in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, also known as La Perla del Pacífico (the Pearl of The Pacific Ocean).  The weather is ideal throughout the year, and the landscapes are incredible.

There are beautiful churches, a historic theater, street vendors, and murals. And just a few blocks away, a sprawling boardwalk, the longest in Mexico, that hugs the Pacific shoreline lined with beach resorts and beach bars slinging ceviche and frosty Pacifico beers.  The Pacifico brewery was founded here. And not by Mexicans. Pacifico is actually German, founded by a family of immigrants in the mid-19th century. In fact, there’s a long history of German settlement in Mazatlan. 

During your visit, walk through the Historical Center, a site that will take you on a journey back in time through its unique architectural landscapes on a beach site, a legacy of the mining activity that took place near the port.

The 12 miles of beaches encircling Mazatlan offer a full spectrum of fun and relaxation, from a wide array of water sports to the simple tranquility of gazing out upon the blue waters.   Practice sport fishing for different species such as sailfish and marlin, one of the most common in local cuisine.  Playa Norte, Playa Gaviotas and Playa El Camaron are among the most spectacular beaches of the Mexican Riviera, ideal for strolls amidst the crystal sand. 

In front of the tourist area, three islands will catch your attention: Isla de Lobos, Isla Pájaros and Isla Venados.  These islands became Ecological Reserves and Refuge Area for goats, deer and numerous species of birds indigenous to Mazatlan.  Water sports such as windsurfing, scuba diving, and sailing, hiking and camping, are all popular on these islands.  The Three Islands can be reached by boat, rowboat, kayak, jet-ski, or sailboat.

They have some of the best tequila tours in West Mexico. You can even go to the source of Mexico’s national drink by visiting the town of Tequila. On a Tequila tour from Guadalajara, venture past fields of blue agave plants, see the tequila distillery process, and, of course, wet your whistle with a tequila tasting. Take a scenic coastal cruise while enjoying margaritas and lunch on the open deck. You won’t be driving.

Jose Maria Pino Suarez Municipal Market

A must-see in Mazatlan is the José Maria Pino Suárez Municipal Market, more commonly known as Mercado Pino Suárez, to discover hundreds of stalls selling colorful fruits and vegetables, herbs, fish, meat, spices and more. Billed as a non-supermarket because of the freshness of its goods, this market has been operating in Mazatlán since 1900.

Americans can embark on a vacation in Mexico without taking a COVID-19 test prior to traveling. While travel across the land border between the U.S. and Mexico remains limited to essential trips, nonessential travel has resumed via air. Travelers will be subject to health screenings upon arrival and should note there are some cities around the country that have curfews and other health restrictions in place. Additionally, cases are on the rise in some Mexico states, so be sure to travel with caution. Learn more about traveling while in Mexico at the embassy website.

Beginning December 19, you can fly United Airlines to Mazatlan through Houston. United has a nifty interactive map where you can search for destinations and fares by interest.   You can also fly American with one stop in Dallas.

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